LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -Five Nebraska State Senators from across the state and parties have reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and are now sharing the stories of the hike.
Senators said it was one of the hardest things they’ve ever done, but followed the lead of Senator Tom Brewer, who sparked the idea and is going through cancer.
11/10 NOW has caught up with the Senators on Zoom. They are still in Africa, on the verge of sightseeing after their seven-day hike on Mount Kilimanjaro.
After climbing to nearly 20,000 feet, five senators from Nebraska are back at the same level in Africa.
“Seeing the top of the roof of Africa was a memory I will never forget, I think none of us will,” said Senator Ben Hansen.
Senators Tom Brewer, Ben Hansen, Justin Wayne, Anna Wishart and David Murman trekked Africa’s highest mountains for seven days.
“It was probably the hardest seven days of my life,” Murman said.
The charge, led by Senator Brewer, who motivated them when the crew wanted to turn back.
“I don’t think any of us would be here without Senator Brewer,” Wishart said.
“How do I stop while he’s still walking,” Murman said.
Brewer is currently undergoing cancer treatment, but has not been deterred.
“The idea of having chemo before you go do something like that,” Brewer said. “I’m not recommending three major surgeries and one chemo, it’s been a tough year.”
But all five said it was worth it.
“Reaching the top and looking out there and above the clouds towards Africa is breathtaking,” Wayne said. “It gives a sense of pride but reminds you of how much more we need to go. “
It also taught them lessons that they will take back to the legislative chamber.
“Moving forward, this is how politics should work when you have a diversity of thoughts coming together and working on something difficult,” Wishart said. “That’s when the magic happens. “
A team of documentaries followed them. A 30-minute special on their journey is slated to be released by spring. Many senators also shared photos on their Facebook pages.
Senators said they saved and spent their own money on the trip. It was not funded by the state.
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